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[UPDATE: We are away until 15/10, but we could really use some help starting from the 19th of October, for one or two weeks. We need to break down our yurt, prepare the veg garden for the new season, and transplant some bushes to create a hedge. The yurt is not heavy work but just very awkward if we have to do it with the two of us, so your help would really be appreciated!]
Salut! We are a young family living on an old farm in a beautiful regional park in France. The house and garden were neglected for 20 years before we bought it last year. We've renovated a big part of the house, and will now turn to the garden. We always have work to do. Varying from pruning to rebuilding old stone walls, to landscaping, painting and preparing the vegetable garden. We (Stef and Lisa) have been living in the Morvan for 5 years, and have two daughters of 3y and 8 months, Frida and Nora. We also have a dog and two cats, and hopefully chickens soon.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We can offer you an insight in two cultures, mostly Dutch but also French. You will experience setting up a homestead and living life at a 'slow pace' as we try to do. We are very intentional about how we live and why we chose to live here. Our English is good, Lisa speaks French as well and a bit of Spanish, and we also speak Dutch of course. Our daughter speaks both Dutch and French.
We're happy to share our skills with you. We also encourage you to think about how you want to complete a job, we won't be like a 'boss' but we'll work alongside you. A lot of the work we do we figure out on the spot too. We can also share our experiences about living in the countryside, moving to a different country, working remote, running your own company.
Our terrain is a diamond in the rough: it has great features but it has been neglected for 20 years. This month we'll be clearing out a part of the garden, freeing some great trees from vines and brambles. We'll also be preparing the vegetable garden for next season, constructing and painting wood sheds and planting fruit trees. We also want to prepare for chickens (setting up a fence etc). On rainy days we'll make jam and other preserves. The work depends on your physical strength and your interests.
If you like we'd also love it if you help with cooking every now and then, to share recipes and cuisines. Babysitting is not required but it is a big plus if you like to spend time with children since our outgoing preschooler will surely like to spend time with you :).
Dutch, French, English
For your accommodation we have a fire truck turned camper van, you can sleep in the camper or in the roof tent (with great view). It has heating, water and electricity so you have a nice space to yourself. It needs a bit of repair too so if that interests you you can also participate in that. We prefer to have our meals all together. If you prefer to camp, we also have space for tents. If the yurt is not booked, you can stay there.
The region has a lot of hiking and mountain biking possibilities, and there are nice lakes where you can swim. There's a horse riding ranch nearby. We live 20 minutes by car from a very nice historical town where you will find restaurants, a cinema, a market every week, etc. It was founded by the Romans and there are still a lot of historical monuments to see. There is no public transport so you will need a car to get around. We can also show you the most beautiful hike of the region.
We cook vegetarian, but we eat fish occasionally. We would appreciate it if you'd join us in this. We're not really strict (except for the no meat rule) but we try to eat as healthy as possible. We eat mostly fresh produce, nothing too fancy but no processed food, not too much sugar, etc.
We both work from home most of the time so we will be able to assist you in the work. Lisa does this three days a week when both kids are at school and daycare. Lisa also has her own business designing sewing patterns. Stef works from home as a front end developer. Weekends are for fun things and work around the house. Wednesday is our 'family day' when everyone is at home.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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